DDR Festival Dance Dance Revolution, DDR Festival for short, is a sister release to the North American Dance Dance Revolution Extreme and Dancing Stage Fusion. DDR Festival Dance Dance Revolution shares the look and feel of those games while featuring a unique soundtrack composed of many songs from the North American Ultramix series (both original music and transplanted music) and from the Japanese Karaoke Revolution series. DDR Festival is the first version of Dance Dance Revolution in Japan to primarily use Japanese for in-game text and menus, all DDR games before it simply used American English.
The gameplay remains the same as previous version. The song wheel now uses the same design as the USA version of DDR EXTREME, which means Groove Radar are now gone. As in with the DDR EXTREME USA, the dance play option is missing and is heavily criticized for its strict scoring system. Several other options also strangely missing, such as SOLO (arrow) and challenge difficulty. Instead, the challenge difficulty marquee is replaced by OPTION. The player need to choose OPTION to open the options menu, rather than holding X button after selecting a song. Every songs from DDR Ultramix do not have Beginner difficulty, though some of their heavy charts have been replaced with a new, harder chart. Background of dancer guiding the players how to step also separated from game mode (Beginner difficulty is still selectable though). Party Mode and Mission Mode remains intact, though there are only 50 missions, rather than 100.
The song list primarily consist of American licenses from Karaoke Revolution and new Konami Original introduced in DDR Extreme (USA) as well as new songs from DDR Ultramix (including downloadable songs):
"BIZARRE LOVE TRIANGLE" Jerry
"Kids In America" KIM WILDE
"LADIES' NIGHT" ∠R
"Like A Virgin" tama_happytone
"WAITING FOR TONIGHT" P.A.T.
".59" dj TAKA
"5.1.1." dj nagureo
"Abyss" dj TAKA
"BROKEN MY HEART" NAOKI feat. PAULA TERRY
"CANDY ♥" 小坂りゆ
"Don't Stop! (AMD 2nd MIX)" Dr. VIBE feat. JP miles
"Electro Tuned (the SubS mix)" TaQ
"Funk Boogie" Funk Kid feat. KOOL BOYS
"GRADIUSIC CYBER (AMD G5 MIX)" BIG-O feat. TAKA
"HYSTERIA" NAOKI 190
"I Was The One" good-cool
"INSERTiON" NAOKI underground
"KI・SE・KI (DDR edit)" BeForU
"LOVE AGAIN TONIGHT (For Melissa MIX)" NAOKI feat. PAULA TERRY
"MAKE IT BETTER (So-REAL Mix)" mitsu-O! SUMMER
"サナ・モレッテ・ネ・エンテ" Togo Project feat. Sana
"un deux trois" SDMS
"You're Not Here" Heather
"Your Rain (RAGE MIX)" Akira Yamaoka feat. Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
"ABSOLUTE (Cuff -N- Stuff it Mix)" Thuggie D.
"BABY BABY GIMME YOUR LOVE 2002"DIVAS
"BAILA! BAILA!" DANDY MINEIRO
"BALLAD FOR YOU ~想いの雨~" NM feat. Thomas Howard
"BATTLE BREAKS" DJ TAKAWO
"FIRE DUB" ASLETICS
"GET IT ALL" BRASS TRICKS
"GORGEOUS 2012" THE SURRENDERS
"I Need You (True Platinum Mix)" Sho-T
"In My Eyes" riewo
"INFINITE PRAYER" L.E.D.LIGHT feat. Goro
"INFINITE PRAYER (floating flock style) L.E.D. feat. GORO
"INSERTiON (Machine Gun Kelly Mix)" Thuggie D.
"KEEP ON MOVIN' (DMX Mix)" N.M.R.-typeG
"Keep Ya Body Movin'" Thuggie D.
"MAD BLAST" THE INFECTION
"祭 (J-SUMMER MIX)" RE-VENGE
"MEANING OF LIFE" K.Wit feat. GARY
"MGS2 mission R" L.E.D.
"Mind Parasite" Tomosuke
"PUT YOUR FAITH IN ME (SATURDAY NIGHT MIX)" UZI-LAY
"Quickening" dj TAKA
"SANA MOLLETE NE ENTE (B.L.T. STYLE)" Togo Project feat. Sana
"SOMETHING WONDERFUL" L.E.D.
"There 4 you" Thuggie D.
"What is Love?" TOMOSUKE
"MAXIMIZER" CLI-MAX S.
"OUTER LIMITS" L.E.D.-G
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